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Day: March 26, 2014

Celtic track teams back for another go


Celt Antoine Walder clears the rope in a high jump practice Monday, March 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Antoine Walder clears the rope in a high jump practice Monday, March 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By Evan Rummerfield
For the Keizertimes

Spring sports are in full swing.

More than 100 McNary track and field athletes are now practicing as of March 3. Last year, the boys placed second at the district meet, and the girls ran away with first place – a district title.

Fifteen boys that competed at the varsity district meet last year are returning – 10 of whom are district placers (a placer is an athlete that made it into top eight for an event). Thirteen varsity girls are returning, and seven of them placed at last year’s district meet.

In total, six boys and two girls with state meet experience are returning.

Garrett Hittner, a senior, placed second at the district meet in the 100 meter and third in the 200 meter. He advanced to state in the 100 meter.

Anthony Nguyen, as a freshman last year, placed third in the 100 meter and sixth in the 200 meter at the district meet.

Kyle Torres, a current junior, at the district level placed fifth in the 200 meter and fourth in the 400 meter.

Austin Brown, another returning sophomore, got sixth in the 400 meter.

Last year’s 4×100 meter relay consisted of Hittner, Nguyen, Torres, and Brown. They placed second and then advanced to the state meet.

Three of the four runners on the 4×400 meter relay team are back (Hittner, Torres and Brown).  At the district meet they got third place.

Evan Rummerfield as a junior last year placed fifth in the 800 meter.

Adrian Fernandez as a junior last year placed sixth in the 3,000 meter and seventh in the 1,500 meter.

As a junior Daniel Brattain placed first in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles; he also took eighth in the javelin. At the state meet, he placed third in the 110 meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 meter hurdles.

At the district meet Chance Hopkins, a senior this year, placed eighth in the 110 meter hurdles.

Tristan Naughton, a junior, got fifth in the shot put at the district level.

Perry Groves, at the district meet placed fifth in high jump and third in the long and triple jump. He qualified for the state meet in long jump and placed eighth at the meet.

Daysha Simms-Garcia, a senior, won district titles in the 200 and 400 meter races. She took fifth in the 400 at the state meet.

As a freshman, Danielle Duran last year placed second in the 400 meter and advanced to state.

Simms-Garcia and Duran are the only returning legs on the girls relay teams. Last year, both the girls 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter team placed first at the district meet.

Aisha Amaitsa as a junior last year got eighth in the 800 meter.

Jasmine Ernest as a sophomore placed seventh in Javelin.

For pole vault, senior Emily McNichols took seventh last year.

Senior Kalah McVay, another pole vault athlete, placed eighth at the district meet.

Ashlee Koenig, a senior, placed seventh in the triple jump.

All of these athletes plan to build off of last year’s successes even though the season lost a week of practice because of a state level change in rules and regulations.

Another tour of Keizer coming?


Of the Keizertimes

Is Keizer looking to become the tour town?

For years, Keizer City Councilors have gone on an annual Parks Tour.

Recently the idea was brought forward to have members of the new Keizer Economic Development Commission go on an annual bus tour of Keizer, looking at vacant buildings.

Now another committee has proposed a tour, with sites such as the Claggett Cemetery.

The idea was brought up at the most recent Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) meeting.

The four members present – the three other seats are vacant and still need to be filled, though one new member will be added at the next meeting – discussed the idea, which deputy city recorder Debbie Lockhart noted had been an idea from councilor Cathy Clark.

“Councilor Clark had said she wanted to have KPIC take council on a tour, like the Parks Tour,” Lockhart said. “You would need to decide where they go. Each of you could choose a place and talk about it.”

KPIC chair Sherrie Gottfried suggested limiting the number of stops on the tour, with council liaison Jim Taylor further suggesting a limit of five stops.

Lockhart suggested the tour be done in the summer and read off the Points of Interest sites from the brochure on the city’s website.

Gottfried suggested eliminating the Art Walk, as well as the Thomas Dove Keizur statue and the Heritage Community Center since both are right at city hall and thus wouldn’t be much of a tour.

Gottfried liked the Marie Dorian exhibit at Keizer Station. Debbie Miller liked the geocache and Taylor liked the donation land claim at the southeast corner of the intersection at Chemawa and River Roads.

After further discussion, each member took a place to show. Gottfried took Claggett Cemetery, Miller took geocaching, Bee Anderson took the donation land claim, Jill Bonney-Hill took the Marie Dorian exhibit and Taylor took some of the historic trees on Rainbow Court.

Taylor suggested the tour take place at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

In other recent business:

• Gottfried noted the last week of the month is problematic for her to meet due to other meetings.

Lockhart noted KPIC meetings used to be the third Tuesdays of the month but were moved back at one point to accommodate a then-member. All present members agreed with the idea of moving the meetings back up a week.

KPIC meetings are now at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesdays at Keizer Civic Center.

• Bonney-Hill is the new chair, with Anderson the vice chair.